Broadway shutdown will continue through Labor Day due to coronavirus pandemic

Broadway shutdown will continue through Labor Day due to coronavirus pandemic

The ghostlights will be keeping watch over Broadway's stages even longer.

The Broadway League announced Tuesday morning that all shows are canceled at least through Labor Day due to coronavirus.

While there is no return date set, the League now is offering refunds and exchanges for performances through Sept. 6. Broadway has been shut down since an immediate suspension of shows was announced on March 12.

“While all Broadway shows would love to resume performances as soon as possible, we need to ensure the health and well-being of everyone who comes to the theater — behind the curtain and in front of it — before shows can return,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, which represents producers.

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Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing actors and stage managers in professional theaters across the nation, called the decision "a difficult but necessary action to put the safety of everyone from the audience to the actors and stage managers first.”

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“Before our members can safely return to work, we will need new protocols that protect audiences and workers alike," Mary McColl, executive director of Equity, said.

Equity is working with public health expert Dr. David Michaels, the former head of OSHA under President Barack Obama, to help the union develop new model health and safety standards regarding coronavirus.

"Dr. Michaels is key to helping Equity develop a plan where member safety is put first and decisions are made with a clear safety and scientific basis," Equity's statement said.

The Broadway League says ticketholders will receive an email from their point of purchase with information regarding their refund and exchange options. If you have not received an email by May 18, the League suggests contacting the point of purchase.

Touring productions are also affected by the shutdown. The League says to visit your show or venue's official website for more information. Links can be found at broadway.org.

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Contributing: The Associated Press

Ilana Keller highlights arts advocacy and education, theater fundraisers and more through her column, "Sightlines." Reach out on Twitter: @ilanakeller; ikeller@gannettnj.com.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2020/05/12/broadway-shutdown-continuing-through-labor-day-coronavirus/3116941001/

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